RANZCO Resources

Telehealth Technology Workshops

In 2015, a consortium of specialist medical colleges, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and including the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD), delivered workshops at Port Macquarie and Hobart on telehealth.

Each workshop provided ‘hands on’ opportunities for specialists to explore telehealth technologies and to learn from their peers. The workshops were delivered in two parts:
1. Presentations from specialists on how they use telehealth
2. A demonstration of the various technologies and an opportunity to experiment with them.

The featured technologies included videoconferencing setups, imaging software, cameras, 3D printers and more.

Experimenting with these technologies was deemed to be an important step in increasing specialists’ confidence and excitement about telehealth.

Video presentations and links to resources can be found here.



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Telehealth and Teleophthalmology

Course Overview

Telehealth is a term used to describe the exchange of medical information from one site to another via electronic communication for the benefit of the patient. Telehealth for eye patients is often referred to as Teleophthalmology. Currently, to attract MBS rebates, such electronic communications must be synchronous where a real-time videoconferencing link is established enabling the ophthalmologist and their patient to see and speak interactively with each other. Read more.



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